Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff
By Mary Beth Cunat
May 25th, 2017
An innovative principal empowers her teachers and students to take ownership of tech-infused teaching and learning.
When I first became principal, I was compelled to explore all aspects of what it meant to be a 21st-century learner in an international baccalaureate context: as a global citizen, as a collaborative co-creator of knowledge, as a caring human being. We must equip every child to manage and thrive in this complex and fragile world in which we live, and to do so with tolerance and respect for others. Being a caring and competent user of technology is core to being a productive, proactive citizen...and we accomplish this with no tech staff. Let me explain:
Mary Beth Cunat is in her seventh year as principal at Wildwood IB World Magnet School. She is a former finalist for a Golden Apple Teacher Award. During her time as Director of the Office of Principal Preparation and Development for Chicago Public Schools, she designed major initiatives such as the Instructional Leadership Change Project, which has since gone beyond Chicago and been used as a model in several other large urban districts. Follow her on Twitter @mbcunat.